It’s time for a new kart racer to barge and bump its way into Nintendo Switch. 3DClouds.it fruit themed racer certainly comes packed with its fruit references. Because of this it would be so easy to cram pack such a review with a mountain of cheap fruity puns but that’s not what you get here and P&L. So let’s get stuck into the core of the game, peel away its layers and find out if it’s sweet as a cherry pie, a sour experience or simply just plain bananas.
As we’ve all played kart racers since the year dot you may think All-Star Fruit Racing comes rolling in as little surprise, but thankfully it does mix things up and bring something slightly different to the table. The difference with this kart racer is of course in the title. Fruit plays a massive part in All-Star Fruit Racing, even the loading screens bombard you with nutritious information you probably never knew. Jamie Oliver would be proud of such educational text.
The core of the game is the career mode. There are 21 racks to master over 5 worlds: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Special Islands. There’s also a decent selection of riders that each come with different special abilities. Each of the tracks come brimming with colourful scenery and over the top themes, all of which do look better played on handheld mode I must admit. They’re cleverly designed though and will keep you on your toes, one second you’ll be drafting around a huge bend only to be catapulted into tight narrow lanes. There’s crafty short cuts to learn giving you different ways to out smart your opponent too. You also have the odd obstacle to avoid and speed ramps which are few and far between, so getting out in front does require some skilled driving and pot luck of cause which makes things more interesting/annoying. However, slamming round corners mid-drift does feel ok. Handling comes across smooth and arcade like and once you get to grips with your kart switching to head cam view it makes for a speedy racer. As with all kart racers drifting is the key to success but you can’t rinse the sugar rush here for too long as doing so causes an engine blow out. Kaboom!
The main difference between All-Star Fruit Racing, (by the way there are no famous stars in Fruit Racing, ) and other karts racers is the Juicer power-up weapon system. Instead of simply picking up random weapons and hurling them at the opposition – here it’s a case of picking up different types of fruit and filling four liquid tank slots. Once each tank is full it’s a case of letting loose the power of the fruit. Combining different tanks also adds a twist, and there’s a healthy amount of power ups and weapons to mess around with. Once you’ve found a favourite you can cut off different tanks so only a certain fruit can be harvested. Filling all enables you to unleash each character’s special move. All this certainly makes All Star Fruit Racing stand out and brings a fair bit of experimental play to the game. Ok, it may be a bit overwhelming at first but it’s definitely a plus and adds more zing to the race.
There’s a good few extra modes like Championship, Custom Race, Time Attack and the Tranning mode to keep you entertained though the loading times do become a chore. Furthermore if you’re wanting online play, 3DClouds.it have confirmed that Online Functionality will be coming to the Nintendo Switch version to match other platforms, this will also include Local Arena Network functionality, allowing multiple Nintendo Switch consoles to pair up and play together. Good news hey?
While lacking the final knockout kick from an alcoholic fruit punch, All-Star Fruit Racing still delivers a decent cocktail of speed and some fancy tracks. Just don’t expect a classic kart racer.
Lizard Rating 6.5/10